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Let's talk minivans (and other things with 3 rows of seats)

I may soon be in the market for a vehicle capable of hauling a wife, 3 kids, and all the stuff that goes along with them (including a stroller). This would mean 3 kids in car seats at the same time, which pretty much means going to a vehicle that has three rows of seats. I’m not super-well versed in the world of…

Why must the good stuff always be so expensive? (welders)

The welder that I’ve been borrowing from a cousin for the last two years finally needs to go back, which means I’ve started looking again at buying a welder. A while back I was looking at at Eastwood MIG 135, but after being metaphorically burned by buying a cheap electric chainsaw, I’m tempted to go with more of a…

Anyone need some 2001 Honda Civic strut mounts? Anyone need some 2001 Honda Civic strut mounts?

Long story short: I ordered new front strut mounts for my 2001 Civic from Rock Auto. Turns out my car, despite being a 2001, uses the 2002 style strut mount plate on the top of the strut. New parts don’t fit, and can’t be returned because they already “show signs of installation”. The old ones were actually in much…

Plastic ring in a strut mount kit? Plastic ring in a strut mount kit?

I’m in the process of replacing my strut mounts. The Moog kit I got includes a plastic ring, which doesn’t seem to fit anywhere:

Steering linkages and U-joints Steering linkages and U-joints

This is something I’ve been wondering about for a while now: with a U-joint, there’s no guarantee of continuous velocity when things are rotating, depending on the angles involved. That’s why cars mostly use CV joints. But what about steering linkages that contain multiple U-joints? Is the difference just not…

I didn't get mad.  I got even. I didn't get mad.  I got even.

Honda, in all their glory, though it was a good idea to use a 5 mm hex hole to hold the bolt steady while using a 15 mm wrench on the outside to turn the nut off. A hole, exposed to the elements for 16 years, will eventually get filled with road grime, and will get stripped when attempting to use it. The end result…

Safety glasses - over regular glasses

Like many of you, I wear glasses. When doing work in the garage, I often feel the need to wear safety glasses as well. I like my eyes, and I’d prefer if they kept functioning as well as they have. I have a pair of safety glasses, but the fit isn’t great. For those of you who wear regular glasses and safety glasses,…

Ugh. Ugh.

That feeling when you get the repair bill, and it’s $150-$200 higher than you expected. And that didn’t include an alignment because they found other issues. I took the Civic in today to get the lower ball joints and tie rod ends replaced. It turns out the following should also supposedly be repaired: - Lower control…

"Buy once, cry once" "Buy once, cry once"

A while back, a friend of mine who is an arborist, gave me some logs. He also gave me some advice - “Cry once buy once”. Meaning, buy the expensive tool once, cry over the price, then move on. He was right. I asked for advice on chainsaws a while back. I ended up cheaping out and getting a Worx branded one. That…

Let's talk TIG

What’s the least expensive TIG welder that either comes with a foot pedal? Alternatively, what’s the least expensive TIG welder and pedal combination?

Learning to drive stick - got tips?

I’m slightly ashamed to say that I don’t (entirely) know how to drive a manual transmission. The last time I did it was probably about 7 years ago, and it was just once - in my Dad’s Toyota Tercel. Fast forward to now, and now I have a legitimate need to learn. We are going to be going on a bit of a trip, and my…

Using an A/C recharge kit - mixing refrigerants? 

Mrs. BaconSandwich’s Pontiac Vibe isn’t as cold as it should be. The A/C blows cool, but not cold, so I picked up an A/C recharge kit. The instructions in the kit and on the cans of refrigerant say not to mix types, and to dispose of the existing refrigerant. The system right now is filled with r134a from the…

That did not go as expected. That did not go as expected.

I’m sure someone else (or a bunch of other people) have already posted this, but what the heck:

Looking for phone recommendations

My Nokia Lumia 920 is slowly biting the dust, so I’m thinking it might be time for a new phone. I like it for the camera, and the OS really isn’t bad (Windows Phone), but there’s a few things that are driving me crazy about it: - The power button is starting to wig out. It keeps trying to power itself off without me…

Chainsaw recommendations wanted Chainsaw recommendations wanted

I’m considering the purchase of a chainsaw. I do woodworking for fun, and I recently had an arborist friend of mine give me several large logs (two ash, one birch). I’m in the process of building a band saw mill to mill them into planks, but failing that, I might have to go the chainsaw mill route. My next door…

Rimac... Rimac...

They’ve got chops. I have a lot of respect for these guys. It makes me wish I could meet some of them some time:

BQSCH Spart Plugs? BQSCH Spart Plugs?

Anyone up for some BQSCH Spart Plugs? Or maybe some Bnndix parts? (I spotted this on a toy car in my child’s nursery at church... and thought it was kind of funny. Gotta love Engrish.)

Let's play a game: modern day covered wagon?

Let’s play a little game here. Let’s suppose we’re 200 years in the past, but we’ve got today’s technology. The western part of what is now the United States has yet to be surveyed and unsettled. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to design the modern day equivalent of a covered wagon, to help you…

The ghettobarrow lives... The ghettobarrow lives...

After a frustrating evening earlier this week, I had some success in last night’s mechanical mayhem. Behold, the ghettobarrow:  

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